Zambia registers 72 COVID-19 deaths in single day

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LUSAKA, March 18, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Chitalu Chilufya (C), Zambian Minister of Health addresses the press in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, March 17, 2020. The Zambian government announced Tuesday that it was closing all schools in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although Zambia has not recorded any COVID-19 case, the government has heightened its preparedness and surveillance against the COVID-19. (Xinhua)
LUSAKA, March 18, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Chitalu Chilufya (C), Zambian Minister of Health addresses the press in Lusaka, capital of Zambia, March 17, 2020. The Zambian government announced Tuesday that it was closing all schools in view of the COVID-19 outbreak. Although Zambia has not recorded any COVID-19 case, the government has heightened its preparedness and surveillance against the COVID-19. (Xinhua)

Zambia on Thursday recorded 72 new COVID-19 deaths, the highest daily increase to date, according to its health ministry. This has brought the death toll to 2,271.

Kennedy Malama, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health in charge of technical services said it was sad that people were presenting themselves to health facilities late, some with oxygen saturations below 40 percent, resulting in a rise in deaths.

He further said some people were resorting to self-medication and urged them to stop.

The country recorded 2,884 new confirmed cases during the same period out of 11,145 tests done. This brought the cumulative cases to 157,832.

Meanwhile, the official said further restrictions will be implemented depending on the response from members of the public.

“Our country is going through a difficult period under the third wave,” he said. Enditem

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